Reform Scotland News: 9 August 2012


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is highlighted and underlined.

 In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV News and Sky News


Cameron & Clegg: David Cameron has reportedly given reassurances that despite their fundamental disagreement over constitutional reform, this would not stop him and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg working together in the coalition. (Scotsman Page 9, Tavish Scott in the Scotsman, Herald page 7, Daily express page 12, Daily Telegraph page 10, P&J page 14 Guardian)

 Nato and the SNP: SNP former deputy party leader Jim Sillars has warned rebels that if they do not back the proposed change in SNP policy regarding Nato that they could harm the campaign for a yes in the Independence Referendum. He suggested that the SNP’s existing policy of opposing an independent Scotland joining Nato would alarm members of the alliance about the role an independent Scotland would play in defence. (Scotsman page 14)

 BBC bias row: Scottish Labour MP Ian Davidson has refused to back down after accusing the BBC’s Newsnight Scotland of regular bias against pro-union parties and refusing an on air apology invitation by presenter Isabel Fraser. (Michael Kelly in the Scotsman, Herald page 7, Daily Record page 10,Daily express page 16, Daily telegraph page 10, Courier page 2, Mail page 20)


Halt for the Economy: George Osborne has come under further pressure to change the government’s economic policy following a cut by the Bank of England’s growth forecast to close to 0. Sir Mervyn King compares the economy to the Olympians, just “unfit” and that the economy has a slow recovery. (Scotsman page 4, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Times page 1, Sun page 2, Daily Record page 10, Daily express page 7, P&J page 14, Courier page 2, Guardian page 1, Mail page 18)


Cancer Drug and Heart Disease: The drug “ondansetron” or brand name “Zofran” which is used to soothe nausea for those with chemotherapy, has been advised to cut doses from 32mg to 16mg as it is suggested that this could cause heart disease, cardiac arrhythmia, an irregular heart beat that can be fatal. (Scotsman page 9, Daily express page 15, Mail page 19)